Clinton’s Mitch Innocend during the FFA Cup Tie between Clinton and the CQ Mariners at Brian Nivan Park.
Clinton’s Mitch Innocend during the FFA Cup Tie between Clinton and the CQ Mariners at Brian Nivan Park.

Clinton FC finds an upside to third away game in a row

CLINTON Football Club is on the road ... again.

Drawing away for the third time in as many Football Federation Australia Cup matches, Clinton players are accustomed to travel.

This time though, it may be a blessing in disguise, with the club needing to find a venue to play at if it is able to score a home tie.

Rockhampton's Jardine Park and Southside will host Clinton, which is confident of representing Gladstone well and coming through the other side.

"I am confident we can win our district; if last year is anything to go by we have their measure," centre-midfielder Chris Hill said.

Last week Clinton showed their depth in the club by taking out the potentially dangerous Capricorn Coast 3-1.

The match showed Hill the team has what it takes to find their way against Southside.

"It was a good game, pretty even to be honest, they missed a penalty but we dominated when we needed to," he said.

What lies beyond the Southside match is what Clinton players are hungry to get their teeth into.

A potential match-up with Mackay would be the only step left to the NPL sides of the metropolitan area.

Hill believes if his side can defeat Southside, the top sides in the State are a distinct possibility.

"That would be great, we could give it a fair go," he said.

"The more game play we get the better a unit we will be."

With CQ Premier League kicking off in April, the full team will get some time to gel if the progression does continue.

Therefore Clinton is very keen to get through Southside and see if their luck changes with a home draw against a big team.

"You get used to travelling, it will be good to get our ground back," Hill said.

"It is a good competition I really enjoy playing in."

Clinton's FFA Cup

Round 1- Defeated Mariners 6-1

Round 2- Defeated Capricorn Coast 3-1

Round 3- Against Southside



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